Bill Moyers Booklist
Bill Moyers shares the books on his current reading list:
John Grisham's THE ASSOCIATE. A posse of investigative journalists would be hard pressed to dig out the truth about our legal system revealed in a riveting read of fewer than 400 furiously turned pages.
THE GREAT FINANCIAL CRISIS: CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES, by John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff. With all the charges of "socialist" hurled at Barack Obama from the howling back benches, I decided it was time to find out what some real socialists are saying about the crisis of monopoly capitalism. It's a short book long on insight.
THE FIVE LOST DAYS, by my colleague William Petrick, a fine journalist turned novelist whose story of filmmaking in the jungles of Guatemala makes me grateful for all the close calls I avoided in a lifetime of reporting documentaries. It's quite an experience he concocts, utterly believable -- and downright scary.
Charles Taylor's A SECULAR AGE. Because I'm planning to interview the author, winner of the 2007 Templeton Prize (and protege of Isaiah Berlin), I began this 900-page tome as an act of professional duty, only to discover, with much delight, that every page is a baptism of insight. It will take months to finish, obviously, but this is not a subject to be hurried. Taylor writes as if he is sitting across the table, taking you as seriously as he does the real world of faith and reason.
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